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Apolo Ohno Explains Pre-Race Yawning Ritual (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 5th 2010 2:00PM
Fans of speed skating might have thought Apolo Ohno didn't get enough sleep during the 2010 Winter Olympics due to his incessant yawning before each race. But, in fact, this is a pre-race ritual and visualization technique in which the speed skater pictures himself as a lion, he said on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated).

"Number one, it's a habit. Number two, it relaxes me," Ohno said. "I'm not tired at all. I have this visualization thing. I try to think I'm a lion when I'm on the ice. I notice lions yawn a lot."

Watch the video after the jump.Fans of speed skating might have thought Apolo Ohno didn't get enough sleep during the 2010 Winter Olympics due to his incessant yawning before each race. But, in fact, this is a pre-race ritual and visualization technique in which the speed skater pictures himself as a lion, he said on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated).

"Number one, it's a habit. Number two, it relaxes me," Ohno said. "I'm not tired at all. I have this visualization thing. I try to think I'm a lion when I'm on the ice. I notice lions yawn a lot."


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